Fatwa: # 15634
Category: Marriage (Nikah)
Country: Saudi Arabia
Date: 31st August 2007


I am afraid i committed Zina with her while being married


I married a Christian woman who converted to Islam. When I married her she was still married but separated from her Christian husband for more than 6 months. The imam who helped in converting her and married us said it is halal since she had converted to Islam, her marriage from the Christian husband is automatically cancelled. I slept with her after we got married once but I am afraid now that I will be committing (zina)

Please answer me ya cheikh if it is halal or haram what i did.

I just want to add that she converted to Islam and is following lessons for that because she wants this and not only because she wants to marry me


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

According to Shariah, if a spouse accepts Islam, the Qaadhi or Imaam will invite the other spouse to Islam. If the other spouse accepts Islam the marriage will remain intact and they will be regarded as husband and wife. However, if the spouse refuses to accept Islam, the marriage will terminate and they will no longer remain husband and wife.

Therefore, if the wife accepted Islam and the husband refused to accept, the Nikah between them will be terminated. It will not be permissible to marry her until she observes Iddat (waiting period). The Iddat is three menstrual cycles if she experiences menses or three months if she does not experience menses or child birth if she has conceived. (Shami Vol 3. Pg 518)

And Allah knows best

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

DISCLAIMER - AskImam.org questions
AskImam.org answers issues pertaining to Shar'ah. Thereafter, these questions and answers are placed for public view on www.askimam.org for educational purposes. However, many of these answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation or another environment. Askimam.org bears no responsibility with regards to these questions being used out of their intended context.
  • The Shar's ruling herein given is based specifically on the question posed and should be read in conjunction with the question.
  • AskImam.org bears no responsibility to any party who may or may not act on this answer and is being hereby exempted from loss or damage howsoever caused.
  • This answer may not be used as evidence in any Court of Law without prior written consent of AskImam.org.
  • Any or all links provided in our emails, answers and articles are restricted to the specific material being cited. Such referencing should not be taken as an endorsement of other contents of that website.
The Messenger of Allah said, "When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of Deen."
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]